|Stacked Dories (Source)|
|Towed Dories from Schooner Albert J. Lutz (Source)|
Many designers have created variations of the Grand Banks Dories for recreational use, including Bolger, Michalak and Welsford.
Phil Bolger’s Gloucester Light Dory
|Phil Bolger's Gloucester Light Dory, 15' 6" (4.7m) x 4' (1.2m)|
|Gloucester Light Dory Overview Plan|
"This is certainly the best design I ever made… When I come up for judgment and they stop me at the gate and ask, ‘What’s your excuse?’ I’ll tell them I designed the Gloucester Light Dory and they’ll have to let me in." (From Phil Bolger’s obituary in the Boston Globe)
Jim Michalak's SportdoryJim Michalak...
“Sportdory is an attempt to improve upon the Bolger/Payson dory I built about 15 years ago. This boat is slightly smaller than [that] dory. In particular the bow is lower in hopes of cutting windage. The stern is mostly similar. The center cross section is about identical. This boat has slightly more rocker than the original Bolger dory.” (Taken from Plans Description on Duckworks site)
|Overview Plan of Sportdory|
John Welsford’s Light Dory Mk II
“…a plywood dory with a tombstone transom (it’s not really a dory otherwise); a nicely curved stem to force some shape into the sides forward, a strong sheer kicking up aft to a high stern (thoughts of going surfing) with the maximum beam (further aft than is traditional to make the boat run straight in heavy following seas). Added to this is a big skeg for directional stability and to balance the windage, buoyancy tanks under the seats and a sculling notch in the transom…” (From plan description)
|Overview Plan of Light Dory Mk II|
Also see Michael Storer’s article: "Are Dories REALLY Seaworthy"